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Exploring the Mix window

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Video: Exploring the Mix window

The Mix window mimics a mixing console, displaying each track as a vertical channel. Although you can actually access almost every Mix window feature from the Edit window, I find working in the Mix window while mixing and even recording can be more intuitive--plus it's nice to see the tall faders here. Let's start on the left side with the Tracks list. Just like in the Edit window, we can see all of the different tracks here, and we've got the Tracks list pop-up, where we can hide all the tracks, show all the tracks, or show only certain types of tracks.

Exploring the Mix window

The Mix window mimics a mixing console, displaying each track as a vertical channel. Although you can actually access almost every Mix window feature from the Edit window, I find working in the Mix window while mixing and even recording can be more intuitive--plus it's nice to see the tall faders here. Let's start on the left side with the Tracks list. Just like in the Edit window, we can see all of the different tracks here, and we've got the Tracks list pop-up, where we can hide all the tracks, show all the tracks, or show only certain types of tracks.

Below the Tracks list is the Groups list, where we can create groups, display groups, suspend groups and modify groups. Again, we'll talk about groups in another video. Let's look at the track channels. Down here with this button, the Mix Window view selector, we can choose All or Minimal or specific pieces of the mix channels that we want to see. Starting with Minimal, we can look at just the I/O section, which has the input and output for the track, the automation, the group status, the panning, Record, Solo and Mute buttons, the track faders and meters, and we've also got the Patch Select button, the Track Type; these icons show the different types of tracks.

So that's an audio track. This is an instrument track. We've got the name of the track and the track color. If you go back down to this button and show All, you'll see a very tall mixing channel. At the Mic Preamp section up here, the Instrument section, the Inserts, and you'll see that we have 10 Inserts, five at the top, A through E and then F through J, and that's where we can put virtual instruments and plug-ins. We've 10 Sends as well, A through E and F through J. As I scroll down here, you remember the I/O section and below the name of the track, we have the delay compensation section and the comments section.

If you go up to the View menu and choose Mix Window Views, we can select particular things that we want to see, and that acts the same way as this button down here, the Mix Window view selector. Also, from the View menu, we can choose to see the Narrow Mix, which makes all of the tracks much more narrow, and this works out really well if you have a very large session with a ton of tracks. That way you can see a lot more tracks in your Mix window. I'll go back to the regular mix, and I want to show you one more sneaky little option here.

If you want to see fatter meters, you can press Ctrl+Opt+Command on a Mac, or Alt+Start+Ctrl on a PC, and click the meter to make them fatter. Check it out. The vertical channel layout of the Mix window makes it fairly intuitive to use once you know what all the buttons, knobs, and menus do. I'll get into the specifics of all the features in this window in many of the other videos in this course.

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Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

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  1. 13m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      2m 30s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 6s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 18s
    5. Using the exercise files
      3m 3s
  2. 31m 3s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 50s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 1s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      4m 13s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools performance
      5m 52s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      1m 38s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      3m 43s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 33s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 40s
  3. 42m 9s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      3m 11s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      2m 57s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 36s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 13s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and buses
      3m 58s
    9. Selecting an I/O Settings file
      4m 12s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 46s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and keyboard focus
      3m 19s
  4. 19m 31s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 22s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 1s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 46s
    4. Importing session data
      3m 44s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 44s
    6. Importing video
      2m 54s
  5. 1h 0m
    1. Recording audio
      6m 14s
    2. Playing back audio
      10m 0s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 25s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 29s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 3s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 17s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      4m 52s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 17s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 19m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 3s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 29s
    3. Using the Trimmer and Scrubber tools
      8m 16s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and Zoom presets
      5m 41s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      2m 46s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 28s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 9s
    8. Arranging regions
      5m 33s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 8s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      7m 22s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      4m 50s
    12. Locking and muting regions
      2m 52s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      6m 47s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      4m 13s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      8m 37s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      7m 38s
  7. 19m 27s
    1. Working with region groups
      6m 39s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 30m 47s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 7s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 13s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 37s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 7s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      5m 44s
    7. Using step input
      4m 14s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      2m 52s
  9. 54m 25s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      9m 47s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      8m 17s
    3. Working with the MIDI event list
      2m 13s
    4. Editing MIDI data with event operations
      8m 35s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using groove templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      3m 49s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      3m 53s
  10. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 56s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 11s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 49s
  11. 25m 45s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      7m 21s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      3m 58s
    3. Editing automation with the Trimmer and Grabber tools
      2m 26s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 2s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      4m 0s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 58s
  12. 1h 33m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      7m 53s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 11s
    5. Applying EQ
      9m 25s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      13m 27s
    7. Adding depth effects: Delay and reverb
      12m 45s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      4m 14s
    9. Bouncing down a mix and making an MP3
      5m 44s
    10. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 36s
    11. Mastering a session
      7m 35s
    12. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      4m 52s
  13. 10m 6s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 42s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 32s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 22s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 22s
  15. 52s
    1. Further Recommendations
      52s

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